Why the Rumored Fujifilm X-T100 Is Sorely Needed

It is being said that the long-rumored Fujifilm X-T100 could be announced as soon as next week

Fujifilm has a long history of producing great cameras within their X-Series, but one segment of the market that has always been a bit of a dud for Fujifilm has been their budget-oriented cameras. The X-A series has always been very basic and cheap in comparison to the mid-level X-Series cameras like the X-T10 and [amazon_textlink asin=’B01NCVNDPO’ text=’X-T20′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6f7645fb-57b1-11e8-b6ec-f7b963a3e069′]. But it seems maybe Fujifilm is finally adjusting their strategy, with reports indicating that an “X-T100” could be coming as soon as next week.
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Cheap Photo: New Sony Rebates Live Today!

There is no denying that Sony is really hitting their stride right now in the mirrorless market, with their A7 series (still?!) being the only full frame player and the A6xxx series still one of the better options in the cropped markets. So naturally, many of you are looking into picking up a Sony kit either to try out or maybe as a full on switch. Which makes deals like the new Sony rebates that are live today even better…

Sony A6300/6500 Rebates

  • Sony A6300 (Body Only) – [amazon_link asins=’B01BFD1CYI’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’332866ed-162b-11e7-8401-818c81672912′]
  • Sony A6300 (16-70mm Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01MR38UL9′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b3409c24-162b-11e7-946f-67135e8404c8′]
  • Sony A6300 (16-50mm Kit) –  [amazon_link asins=’B007GK50X4′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’467d229c-162b-11e7-be6b-a5b1e06d7182′]
  • Sony  A6300 (2 Lens Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01FEEGCEO’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5d4865ef-162b-11e7-80d1-2b1e95e99e2c’]
  • Sony A6500 (2 Lens Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01M5KP6TW’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’721ac079-162b-11e7-bc47-53abbdd91a92′]
  • Sony A6500  (16-70mm Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01M6DKR3S’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7beaa744-162b-11e7-91f1-ff16d8333934′]

If you have been thinking about possibly picking up an A6000 series camera, now is could be a great time to think about pulling that trigger. Don’t forget about the other savings currently going on as well!

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Report: Sony Sensor Production Halt Causes Ripple Effect at Fujifilm

Editor’s Note: Fujifilm USA tells us that the Fujifilm X70 is not discontinued here.

Sony, beyond their own camera production, is a key piece to the puzzle for many of the top camera brands in the world. It has been reported recently that Sony has stopped production of their 16MP APS-C imaging sensors, moving on to more in-demand resolution sensors. This, according to the report, has caught some camera makers by surprise and could affect the availability of products using those sensors going forward. Continue reading…

Which Fujifilm X-Series Camera Is Right For You?

Fujifilm is riding a good wave right now as interest in the company’s x-series cameras is higher than ever since the release of its latest flagship offering in the new X-T2. But clearly, not everyone is interested in or can afford a camera like the X-T2, so we wanted to break down the x-series real quick and talk about the available options, an why you may like one over another.  Continue reading…

Fujifilm Releases New Firmware for X-T1, X Pro 2; Delays Update for X-T2

Fujifilm is staying true to the reputation and commitment they have to constantly updating and improving their cameras through firmware updates. Today the Japanese firm unveiled two new firmware updates, one for the X-T1 and one for the X-Pro2. Another update was also announced, but it was for the X-T2, and it was noted just to say that it has been pushed back to the end of November.

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Which Fujifilm X Series Camera Is The Right One For You? The Easy Answers

Fujifilm is another mirrorless brand that has received a lot of attention from the photography community in recent years, with their X Series bodies and unique X-Trans sensor technology not only setting them apart from DSLRs in terms of their size, weight, and appearance, but also from other mirrorless brands in terms of their unique color rendition and image quality.

But with Fujifilm now into their second generation (or third, depending on who you ask) with the release of the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2, there are many options for photographers looking to get into the Fujifilm X-Series. Today we break it down for you and rank each camera based on your intended use for it. Obviously it is not this simple for everyone, but these breakdowns and rankings should at least give you a good starting point in terms of what cameras to research further depending on where you feel you fall in our ‘use case’ spectrum.

Also be sure to check out our feature on pretty much every lens for the Fujifilm X series system.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T2

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Editor’s Note: This review is now complete.

“Should someone really upgrade?” is a conversation that I had with a colleague of mine about the Fujifilm X-T2 after getting a chance to look at it for a little while. On paper, the camera seems to have a number of significant advantages over the X Pro 2 such as the addition of 4K video and a heat sink that can do this. Plus there are more autofocus points. Of course, both the X Pro 2 and the X-T2 are better than the X-T1.

When you look at the Fujifilm X-T2 what you see is a camera that essentially looks and functions the same as its predecessor. A few things are beefier like the SD card door for example. The camera’s finish also lends itself to a more solid feel. But otherwise the camera will feel very much at home in the hands of an experienced Fujifilm camera user. However, there isn’t much of a reason for a hobbyist to upgrade–at least from our initial thoughts.

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Review: Fujifilm X-E2s

Years ago, Fujifilm released the X-E2. This year, they announced and released the X-E2s–which is essentially just a couple of changes and updates that have been incorporated into previous cameras. It hosts a 16MP APS-C sensor, autofocus performance boosts from its predecessor, and the new menu style that Fujifilm embraces.

But in many ways, this is a camera that should have come out a while ago.

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Review: Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

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Fujifilm announced their 35mm f2 R WR earlier this year; and for many photographers and Fujifilm X series camera users, you’ll be glad to know that right off the bat, it is the fastest autofocusing lens from Fujifilm made thus far. Plus it’s weather sealed. Mix all that into the pot and then consider that this is a Fujifilm lens, so it’s bound to be incredible. Indeed, it is.

With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed design, a small body overall that remains low profile in real life uses and great image quality, there is very little to complain about here…for most of us at least.

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Review: Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR (X Mount)

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As Fujifilm’s longest portrait prime lens to the date of publishing this review, the Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR has been the envy of many Fujifilm photographers. At a $949 price point, the lens incorporates weather sealing but oddly enough no image stabilization. Why? We’re not sure–but it’s got lots of other stuff. This lens incorporates seven aperture blades, three extra low dispersion elements, Super EBC lens coatings, and 11 elements in 8 groups. Weighing 1.19lbs, it’s also fairly hefty for a lens designed for a mirrorless camera system.

One thing’s for sure though: if you’re a Fujifilm user, get ready to fall in love all over again.

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The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Photojournalists

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While Canon and Nikon keep on trucking with their powerhouse cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus have viable and noticeably smaller alternatives. In photojournalism, particularly in breaking news situations, you have to be able to react to split-second changes, and the size and amount of gear you have can help or hinder you. As mirrorless cameras have become more robust, there’s been a gradual shift away from bigger rigs in photojournalism. If a smaller camera can do the job just as well, if not better than a bigger one, why not go for the smaller one? There’s less strain on your neck! With that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

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While Fujifilm has had the 56mm f1.2 X lens available, they’ve lacked a longer and more flattering portrait lens. But earlier this year, the company announced their 90mm f2, which has a 135mm equivalent field of view. To date, it’s the company’s biggest prime lens and in some ways is almost as large as the DSLR equivalent that we’ve seen on the market. With a large focusing ring, it’s also quite nice to hold while remaining ergonomically balanced with many of the company’s higher end cameras.

The Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR lens has a $949 price point and incorporates weather sealing, seven aperture blades, three extra low dispersion elements, Super EBC lens coatings, and 11 elements in 8 groups. Weighing 1.19lbs, it’s also fairly hefty for a lens designed for a mirrorless camera.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T10

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Fujifilm’s strategy of taking their pro line and stripping down a bit for the consumer has been most recently reflected with the Fujifilm X-T10. Borrowing lots from the X-T1, this srategy is used often in the industry but with Fujifilm being the newest ILC manufactuer on the market, it’s quite amazing that it happened so soon to its flagship DLSR-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 strips out the weather sealing, removes lots of the dials, and gives the camera a more simplistic interface. But that doesn’t mean that since it’s been stripped down that it can’t take incredible photos.

In fact, quite the opposite is the case here.

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Xpert Advice: Shoot Wide and Low for Better Architecture Images

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Think back to the last really cool building that you’ve seen. What was it? Did you simply just look up at it, point your camera and shoot? Most people do this when they’re so caught in the moment, and don’t think about how they can get a better photo.

The next time that you’re captivated by beautiful architecture, consider how you can make the building look even better. To quickly get this out of the way, expose for the highlights because you can easily bring back the shadows in post-production.

Before you even start to think about an interesting composition we’re going to implore you to get down low to the ground maybe even with a tripod. Most people tend to photograph a building from eye level, and to that end everyone’s images look the same. Assuming that you can’t afford a helicopter to fly you right above the building for you to get a much more breathtaking photo, get down even lower to the ground. What this does is get much more of the building in the field of view. If you’re not using a tripod, Fujifilm’s cameras like the X-T1 also have a tilting LCD screen that can help you get the shot in a tricky position.

Shooting from a much lower perspective can help you get even more details like doors on the ground floor, logos and so much more. It also allows you to get more interesting compositions not necessarily using the rule of thirds but also through a balance of positive and negative space.

When shooting lower, always use a wide angle lens. Amongst Fujifilm’s lineup, the 10-24mm f4 R OIS, 14mm f2.8 and 16mm f1.4 are great options that give the Fujifilm APS-C sensor a very wide field of view.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

First Impressions: Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 (X Mount)

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Two years ago in a meeting with Fujifilm, I asked the Marketing Director for Fujifilm USA if anything like  24mm focal length at f1.4 would be coming our way. She very clearly stated “No.” Lo and behold though, Fujifilm announced the 16mm f1.4 lens earlier on and we foundnd it at our doorsteps. This is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens and with the 1.5x crop factor comes out to 24mm f2.1 when translating it into full frame depth of field and equivalency.

Like their other wide angle primes, Fujifilm gave this lens a snap back manual focus ring to make it more appealing to street photographers and candid shooters. We’ve had the chance to play with the new lens for a few days now, and so far it’s shaping up to be one of our favorites.

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The Fujifilm X-T1 is Getting a Massive Autofocus Firmware Update

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Fujifilm X-T1 users are being treated to a massive firmware update coming this June–and it’s designed to highly improve the autofocus performance. According to Fujifilm, it’s going to include a new autofocus system with zone and wide/tracking mode that can go from 3×3, 3×5 or 5×5 along the 77 focusing points. According to Fujifilm, the firmware update is also supposed to improve tracking focus performance substantially.

But the firmware is bringing other Autofocus performance goodies too, like improvements to single focusing point abilities–which now divides the focus area into smaller sections to more accurately determine the distance to the subject for even greater focusing accuracy. Additionally, the built-in phase detection pixels have increased sensitivity from 2.5EV to 0.5EV.

If you’re a portrait shooter, the system is also getting eye-focusing which lets the system detect an eye and focus specifically on that. Even more, an Auto Macro function is coming that automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional auto focus speed. That means you no longer have to press the Macro button to initiate a close-up shot.

The update is coming in late June 2015, and you should also check out our Fujifilm X-T1 review.

The Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR is for Photojournalists

XF16-55mm_FlatFor CES 2015, Fujifilm is announcing their brand new 16-55mm f2.8 lens–designed to be the near equivalent of the legendary 24-70mm lenses that many photojournalists and wedding photographers swear by. The Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens includes weather sealing (14 sealing points exactly) and has a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range.

Of note is the fact that Fujifilm “uses the newly-developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology to effectively inhibit ghosting and flare, producing clear images from edge-to-edge.” according to their press release. The new lens also features internal focusing and boasts a focusing speed of 0.10 seconds with the X-T1 according to what Fujifilm claims.

Want one? They’ll be available in February for $1,199.95. More specs and photos are after the jump.

 

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Fujifilm Announces the X100T and a Silver-Graphite X-T1

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The X100T

The rumors are true. Today, Fujifilm is introducing the X100T, its new flagship compact camera. But we’re also getting a silver-graphite edition of the X-T1. The X100T supersedes the X100S as the top-of-the-line compact camera with a host of new features at the same price point of $1299.95 in mid-November 2014.

At its heart though, the X100T is mostly the same camera as the X100s with the exception of a new film mode and built in WiFi being the two new standout features. The camera retains the same 16.3MP APS-C sensor that the X100s has along with the same 23mm f2 pancake lens. Photographers will also be happy to know that there is an interval timer on the camera. Otherwise, know that the camera otherwise sports seven Fn buttons, additional stops on the exposure compensation dial, and the ability to adjust the aperture in 1/3 stops.

The flagship X-T1 interchangeable lens camera comes with a new silver-graphite body, an updated EVF and a higher shutter speed of 1/32000 sec at $1,499.95 in late November 2014. There’s also a black weather-sealed 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens that will come bundled with the X-T1 for $1,899.95.

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The Fujifilm X-T1 Might Get a Silver Variant

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That low-res image is a mockup of a silver-graphite variant of the venerable Fujifilm X-T1. According to the folks at Fuji Rumors, a Japanese site leaked the image of the yet-to-be-released option. If anyone finds the all-black X-T1 to be too understated, you can pick one of these up when it transcends the rumor-scape into reality.

There are also some $100-off deals right now on Fuji glass. The 35mm f1.4 is going for $499. The 23mm f1.4 is going for $799. The 14mm is going for $799, too.

We really, really liked the Fujifilm XT1 when we first reviewed it, and since then one of staffers went on to purchase one. Plus we’ve seen that it’s great for things like shooting weddings and lots more. Personally, we think that the camera looks better in black and most folks will go purchase that one anyway. However, silver cameras surely do tend to look nice–as per Fujifilm’s X100s. We hope that it doesn’t come in the shade of silver that we see above and instead maybe something a bit more chrome looking. Additionally, it may mean that some silver lenses may be on the way too.

Zach Arias Shares His Street Photography Secrets in a New X-T1 Video

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Well-known photographer Zach Arias recently took to the streets of Marrakech in Morocco to promote the new Fujifilm X-T1.

While showing off its wonderful new features like its wireless capability, and its flip screen as well as the new Fuji lenses in the video, he sneaked in a few very useful tips on street photography, including looking for interesting backgrounds and foregrounds for framing elements, finding a local to let you in on the dos and don’ts, using your camera’s wifi connection, and pretending that you’re taking a photo of something else when taking candid photos of people. He’s even managed to promote the new Instax mini camera while he’s at it.

Make no mistake, this is not your typical promotion or tutorial video. What makes it even more worth watching is it also serves as a travel video, giving us a glimpse of the city, its narrow busy streets, and its colorful locals. Whether you’re looking for street photography tips, trying to see what the X-T1 can do, or just curious about Marrakech, you’re gonna want to watch this video.

See it after the jump.

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